I am going to use [the books] in my classroom by implementing a word of the week for science. The kids think it is so cool! I do too! I think it is a cute and fun way for the kids to learn these common core terms that they wouldn’t hear very often otherwise.

S. Snyder3rd grade teacher, PA

Jumbo Minds’ Science ABCs Review by Jacquelin Caffey, This Old Schoolhouse Magazine

So I have to tell you that I love getting new books in the mail! Especially when they are science books. Recently we received a set of four science books filled with the ABCs for each of the major science disciplines. The titles are: ABCs of Biology, ABCs of Chemistry, ABCs of Earth Science, and the ABCs of Physics. Don’t let the compact size of the books fool you though. Each of these books packs a punch.

You have probably gone over the ABCs with your little ones using the standard A is for Apple, B is for Ball, and C is for Cat, right? Well now you can throw a little twist on it and expand your young child’s mind and explore how A can also be for Atom, B is for Bacteria, and C is for Condensation.

You may be thinking that your young child can’t learn such technical terms as the ones presented in each book but research has shown that young children’s brain cell connections are growing exponentially when presented with new information. This is especially true during what’s known as the explosive brain growth period, roughly between ages 18-36 months. Introducing these science terms now and presenting it in a fun and colorful way helps to share the language of science.

Each book features a double page spread with each letter described and a colorful picture. The thick and glossy pages are written in a large font with colorful featured letters. The word is then defined in simple terminology beneath with a short paragraph describing the word. The right side of the two-page spread has a colorful picture depicting the word. I love the way the picture fills the page and how engaging the pictures are. My children and I spent time discussing the pictures in depth because they are so detailed.

One of my 2 year olds favorite picture to talk about was from the Physics book for the letter Ii for Inertia. It is defined as the resistance to change in motion and depicts a bicycle rider hitting a big rock and flying over the bikes handlebars toward a body of water. My son loves this picture and will talk about it at great length. In turn I am able to talk with him about how the boy on the bike was wearing a helmet to protect his head, about the color of the bike, and what was happening to the boy, etc. Each picture in all four of the books have led to great discussion in our house. My youngest daughter, who is newly 7, especially enjoyed looking through all of the books pictures and asking many questions. Several times I found her in bed at night reading these books by flashlight when it was lights out time.

Another great feature of each book are the family activities included in the back. Each book gives you five activities to get hands-on action in each discipline. With activities like making a DNA model or a tornado model out of used soda bottles there are plenty of opportunities to have fun and learn at the same time. Each activity also refers back to the vocabulary words in the book where applicable. For example, one of our favorite activities is to make Elephant toothpaste which refers back to the R is for Reaction page.

All in all, these are great books that I am so glad we were blessed to receive! I think they would make the perfect gift for your budding scientist and I know I will be purchasing a set of these to give to my younger cousins for Christmas. You are never too young to be exposed to great science. These books make it possible!

—Product review by Jacquelin Caffey, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December, 2016

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“I am very excited to have the Jumbo Mind’s Science ABC’s Book Collection in our Primary (3-6 year olds) classrooms.  The book’s concise, factual definitions and explanations of science concepts are both enjoyable for the children to read and easy for them to understand.  The illustrations are beautiful and isolate the concept the authors are introducing.  Finally, we have a way to introduce scientific concepts to the young child!”
Maria Darby, Owner & Teacher at San Lorenzo Montessori
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Jumbo Minds’ Science ABCs Review by Jodi Galland, This Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Jumbo Minds was founded by sisters with a love of science and education. They have made it their focus to introduce children to science concepts at an early age in hopes of kindling a fire for STEM learning. Science is all around us and children are eager to learn even before the primary years.

Jumbo Minds’ Science ABCs include ABCs of Biology, ABCs of Chemistry, ABCs of Earth Science, and ABCs of Physics. Science ABCs are a gentle introduction to scientific terms like absolute Zero, Potential energy, Asteroid, and Habitat. Each letter has a two-page spread. On the left corner is the letter in capital and lower case. In the center of the left page is a vocabulary word and immediately below that, there is a short definition, followed by a longer, more detailed definition. The font used is OpenDyslexic 3 for increased readability. It’s a funky little font which may be a reading aid for some dyslexics, but is also just fun to look at for anyone. The right page has a simple illustration designed to spark curiosity and encourage conversation.

You’ll find a page at the end of each paperback book with five activities to reinforce the vocabulary within the pages. Some of these hands on projects involve food or toys. You’ll have nearly all the items on hand. At most, you’ll take a trip outside or to the playground. One of our favorites is the explosive, messy amusement of elephant toothpaste.

Several related coloring pages are available on the website. You’ll also find Jumbo Minds’ video channel there. You can even view some of the activities being conducted.

The Science ABCs series of books are packed into a tiny bundle. Each one is just over 5 inches square, making them ideal to pop in a diaper bag, backpack, or even your purse. We took these with us often in the car or read them together while big brother had Tae Kwon Do lessons. They are truly unique in the market. I think you’ll find, like we did, that older children will enjoy them just as well as your preschooler. Savor these books with your little ones and spark their imaginations.

—Product review by Jodi Galland, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December, 2016

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5.0 out of 5 stars

+ Informative, Cute Little Book
By Bassocantor TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format: Paperback
Each page has, in very large font, the featured letter, and an earth science word that begin with that letter. Then, below that, the term is defined with a few words, and then a more elaborate definition is given.

For example, “S” is “Soil,” which is defined as “Earth’s skin,” and the “Top layer of the Earth’s crush…” The right side has a simple, but pretty illustration of the featured word. My favorite is “Z” is for Zephyr, which is defined as a “gentle breeze.” The artwork on the right shows a breeze and a big flower swaying.

Some other features:

+ The pages are somewhat thick and glossy.
+ The illustrations are very colorful, and simply illustrate the word being defined.
+ The book is square, about 51/2″ on each side.
+ The font is extra crisp looking. The editor explains that this font was selected to make the words especially easy to read.
+ Printed in the U.S.A.
+ The last page of JUMBO MINDS includes the “Family Earth Science Activities.” This is a list of fun things you can do with your family to explore earth science.

All in all, an excellent, fun book that is informative as well. Cute design and a clever way to get young children introduced to science. Well done.

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BassocantorAmazon, TOP 50 REVIEWER

i love the books you got me a lot!

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A. G.5 years old

5.0 out of 5 stars

By N. T.
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my granddaughter and she absolutely loves it. I do, too. I am not a science person so am learning so much. My vocabulary is definitely going to increase. The definitions go along with each of the illustrations!

N. T.Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great Kids Science Books
Format: Paperback
Buy all four books in this set. You won’t regret it.

L. C. Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

Love these books
By Sandra T
Format: Paperback
Love these books!
I bought these for my grandson.
What a great way to teach the little ones about Science!
The pictures show the material and the accompanying words bring it all together.
Too bad they didn’t have these when I was growing up!
All parents and grandparents should purchase these for their children and grandchildren.

Sandra T.Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

Best science books out there for children!
By P. Derleth
Format: Paperback
These books are excellent for children of all ages, especially with the dyslexic font. There is nothing like it out there. As a doctor myself, I find it important to teach these concepts to children at a young age!! You won’t regret ordering this series!! My 5 and 3 year old, can’t get enough of them!!!

P. DerlethAmazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

Who Knew Science Could Be So Interesting
Format: Paperback
Thought I would try the Earth Science book in the series first to see how my kids did with it. I have twin 5 year-olds plus an 8 year-old. I’m not a Science person, so anything I can find to help me teach them is appreciated. I am SO happy with this one that I am going to order the others for my children and others as a gift for my nephew. I haven’t found anything like these…easy to read and understand yet fascinating and full of information. I’ve learned along with my kids. Plus the size is manageable for them to look at while in their car seats which is a bonus. They are walking around talking about the earth’s skin…never thought of soil in that way, but thanks to Jumbo Minds I do now!

M. C.Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

By N. T.
Format: Paperback
I have never taken chemistry in any schooling and have a masters degree. This book is helping me learn as well as my neighbor’s children. This is the book they ask for when arriving at my house. We are having fun comparing the definitions and the illustrations. You, too, can learn along with your children/grandchildren.

N. T.Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

By Amazon Customer
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic. We have four grandchildren 7 years to 7 months. The older ones learn something new every time they pick up the book. It is a lot of fun watching them effortlessly learn concepts at a very young age. They seem to absorb more each time they/we read the book. The younger ones love the great drawings. This book and the other ones in the series are a must for all little ones’ book shelves.

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great gift idea!
By K. Millsap
Format: Paperback
Wonderful writing and picture style to promote learning and understanding. Conveniently sized for carrying along in your bag.

K. MillsapAmazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

The perfect book for curious minds….
By M Russell
Format: Paperback
I am so incredibly excited to give this book to my 6 year old daughter for Christmas! I just know that each and every time we pick up the book it will spark interesting and exciting conversations about science and the big ideas surrounding it! She is at the age where she is absorbing all the new information and vocabulary around her and I want to foster that curiosity with the wonderful scientific vocabulary she seeks. I also know that like so many of the books I have on my shelves, this book will not be just a single read and forget. The illustrations and descriptions are fantastic and I think kids from ages 3-10 would just absorb all the fantastic ideas found inside!

M RussellAmazon Review

4.0 out of 5 stars

Biology Primer
Format: Paperback
It’s a dictionary of biology terms, one word per letter. Each term includes a definition, some more extensive than others, and a colorful illustration, many of which are amusing. I like that the terms all have short, simple definitions followed by an expanded explanation. The book would be a good gift for a child who has an interest in science. Since the terms can be difficult to read or break down phonetically, this is not a book that lends itself to independent reading.
Because of the complexity of the terms, I would like to see phonetic pronunciations for each.

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4.0 out of 5 stars
Attention Grandmothers!  By  Trerantay
This review is from: Jumbo Minds’ Science ABCs: ABCs of Chemistry (Paperback)

I purchased this set of science books (four books in total) as gifts for a library, and a couple of Boomer grandmothers I know. “Chemistry” was my favorite – yes, I read them (with care not to crack the spines!) before passing them on. Don’t you, with really good books?! The illustrations are, as Goldilocks would say, “just right,” clean, with a bit of humor, and perfect for the target audience, i.e., the under-six set. Mr Cowles got it so right. I found the text simple but not condescending, and the size of the books is also spot-on. The front and back have a “slicky” surface; perfect for sponging off peanut butter and jelly. Personally, I’m dying to try two experiments from the chemistry book: the “elephant toothpaste,” and growing crystals. What a super way to spend a winter afternoon with a child. Regardless of age, there’s a little kid lurking not far beneath the wrinkles, in all of us. Finally, I’m not especially proud of this next observation: I learned a lot!

Highly recommended, and perfect for gift-giving. Buy lots! And keep one set for yourself in the event of a small visitor.